Mary J. Blige Shares Her Unfiltered Story Of Heartbreak & Healing On New Album 'Strength Of A Woman'

The reigning queen of Hip Hop Soul is back at it!

Rachaell Davis Apr, 28, 2017

The queen of Hip Hop Soul is officially back!

Following the release of two new singles, including one featuring none other than Kanye West, 2017 ESSENCE Festival performer Mary J. Blige has finally blessed us with her long-awaited 13th studio album Strength of a Woman.

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Per usual, Mary is giving fans a front row seat to all that’s been going on in her life, including lyrics that address some of the heartbreaking details behind her recent split from her husband Kendu. While tunes like “Thick of It” and “Telling The Truth” hear the songstress speak about some of the pain of being unappreciated and the hurt of love lost, songs like “Survivor” and the title track, “Strength of a Woman,” boast messages of resilience and triumph even in the midst of heartache.

Mary will be bringing the album, as well as a host of her classic hits, to the 2017 ESSENCE Festival Superdome stage along with an all-star lineup of women in music to include Chaka Khan, Monica, Jazmine Sullivan and Jill Scott, to name just a few.

In addition to Kanye, the 14-track project includes features from Missy Elliot, DJ Khaled, Quavo of Migos, Kaytranada, Prince Charlez and Badbadnotgood. All in all, Strength of A Woman has a little something for everyone who’s been in love, lost love and learned to love themselves in the process.

Be sure to grab your tickets to see Mary light up the stage, alongside more of the biggest names in music, at the 2017 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans this July.

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[BLANK_AUDIO] We've got Chance the Rapper, Solange, Diana Ross, John Legend. Plus, I hear that Mary J. Blige is doing something special called Ladies Night. What can we expect. My goodness, yes. So that is the night that is on the tip of everyone's tongue. Mary has curated a special Ladies Night for us That she has picked her favorite female artists to perform. So you've got Mary herself, of course. Hits upon hits upon hits. With the over the knee? Over the knee, and the, come on, you know you're gonna have to Mary dance. And then you've got Jill Scott, who's got, come on, amazing hits. And you got Shaka Khan, the queen mother. And then you also have Ari Lennox, who's this amazing new artist on J. Cole's label who's absolutely amazing. Monica, and Jazmine Sullivan. That's just the main stage. Then you've got the super lounges which is gonna feature Jhene Aiko, you got Remy Ma, we all wanna see what Remy Ma's gonna say down there at Essence Festival, then you have Tiana Taylor, and that's just to name a few at the super lounges. It's gonna be amazing night. Wow. [BLANK_AUDIO]